Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatments

Many people suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, a draining condition that leaves the sufferer permanently fatigued. Here are prevention methods, symptoms, and treatments.

We all have days when we feel tired and that need not be a bad thing and can often be put right with a good night's sleep.

When the tiredness or fatigue seems to be a constant in one's life, it needs more than just sleep but it is important to know what is the root cause of the tiredness.

Physical fatigue which comes from working the body hard, is positive and brings with it a mental uplift and a feeling of satisfaction. This needs no remedy.

The kind of fatigue that needs to be dealt with, and put right, is that caused by either pathological or psychological influences.

Pathological fatigue can be due to the after effects of illness or be an indication of some kind of underlying disorder such as diabetes or a defective thyroid. This will require treatment under guidance from your physician.

Psychological fatigue brings with it a feeling of hopelessness and can result in loss of self-confidence, panic attacks and sporadic weeping. This form of fatigue may often require the sufferer to have counselling.

Some 15% of all visits to a physician are related to chronic tiredness by people who do not recover with sleep and who start each day already carrying an energy deficit. The lethargy, that this can produce, comes from anxiety and frustration often caused by trying to fit far too much into each day. In women, the condition may be made even worse by iron deficiency.

The first step in beating fatigue is for each individual to be in control of his/her life. Structured days with time planned for everything including exercise and time alone (or at least without children) will make a significant difference and markedly reduce the level of fatigue. Aim for 8 or 9 sleep each night and try to be in bed well before midnight.

Diet management is essential in combatting fatigue and this should be part of a regime which treats your body with respect. It is important to have regular and well-balanced meals that are low in fat and high in fibre with breakfast being perhaps the most important meal of the day. Your diet should include lots of leafy, green vegetables and fruit high in vitamin C such as the citrus fruits and berries. The vitamin C help strengthen the body's immune system and to increase resistance to infection.

It goes without saying that cigarettes and alcohol are detrimental to the body but, to these, should be added coffee, tea and sugar. There should be as little of these in your day as possible and a zero intake of any will help avoid fatigue as they each produce and initial boost in energy which is soon replaced by even greater fatigue.

Coupled with a good and balanced diet, should be a regular exercise routine with the very best being some form of aerobic exercise such as swimming, cycling or walking. These exercises help both to tone up the body and to increase the oxygen flow to the muscles and brain. They are best performed at the start of each day and before breakfast.

Physical exercise alone is not enough and this must be supplemented by exercises for the mind. This may be in the form of new challenges found by taking up new hobbies and past times or in quiet meditation. Allow yourself time each day to be on your own to meditate and take further control of your life.

Being tired occasionally from good, healthy exercise is perfectly acceptable. Constant fatigue is not and can lead to sleep deprivation and real debility. Take back control of your life and make never ending tiredness a thing of the past.

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